Spooky Sampler Quilt Week 1 Sew Along

It is Week 1 of the Spooky Sampler Quilt Sew Along and you will find that Pat Sloan is doing a YouTube quilt along and Melissa Mortenson at Polkdotchair.com.  The pattern is by Melissa Mortensen and features Traditional Piecing & Raw Edge Applique with fun and traditional Halloween features.  The pattern comes is a super cute box with all the fabrics by Riley Black called Spooky Hollow!

I found this boxed pattern on Etsy, but several large online shops have it for sale too.  You can also just purchase the pattern and pick your own materials.

spooky sampler quilt along

The pattern is written on nice glossy paper and comes with a references section at he beginning on how to do half square triangles, quarter square triangles, flying geese block, how to snowball corners and how to raw edge applique and how to machine applique.  Melissa really sets you up for all the blocks to come in this pattern.

spooky sampler quilt along

Pat Sloan started the quilt along on her YouTube channel on July 26th and she starts with the Ohio Star Blocks.  If you are interested in following her sew-along for this project you can find her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjRXY-ZKmzE

This is a list of items that I used to make these blocks.

Following is a list of items that I used to make this project!

Janome 1600P-QC Sewing Machine

Aurifil 50wt Thread

Olfa Rotary Cutter

Omnigrid Ruler

Cordless Iron

Multipurpose Sewing Clips

Heat Erasable Fabric Marking Pens

Fiskers Folding Ruler

ohio start quilt
ohio start quilt

Since she started with the Ohio Star Blocks and I am following her quilt along, that is where I am going to start.  

I used the picture above to figure out which fabrics to use for the Ohio Stars.  There are three Ohio Starts, a large, medium and small block.

I assembled the fabrics that I needed for these blocks.

spooky sampler quilt along

So we need to make the half triangles so that we can then make the quarter triangles from those. I need one piece of the bats and eyes, and one piece of the gray and bats and put them right sides together.  Once they are together, I drew a line diagonally from corner to corner to use as a guide so that I will sew 1/4″ on either side of the line.  Once sewn together, I could then cut those along the line that I drew and I will have a square of two half triangles.

how to sew a half triangle
how to sew a half triangle

Now that I had my squares of half triangles, it is time to put those together and make my quarter triangles blocks.  Since we pressed our seams to the dark fabric side, we can put our two squares together matching the seams and they will nest together.  Nesting the seams makes for much less bulk when ironing and in the finished product.  One thing you can do before your sew is to pull at the top fabric over to make sure you will have for triangles .

nesting seams in quilting
how to make quarter triangle

You now do the same thing here that you did earlier to make half square triangles, to turn them into quarter squares items.  You mark your diagonal line from the now-sewn corners, sew 1/4″ from that line on each side, and then cut down the drawn line and you will then have square of quarter trianges.

how to make a quarter triangle in quilting

Now it’s time to lay the blocks on our center block fabric and find which fussy cut we want to do for the center block.

fussy cutting in quilting

After you have figured out your center square sand they have been cut out, it is now time to put the rows together to be sewn.

quilt block assembly

Now we put together the rows and iron the seams on the top and bottom row to the outside and the middle row has the seams.  The middle row will have the seams pressed to the inside, so the seams will nest nicely when putting the rows together.

quilt block assembly
quilt block assembly

Now that the roses have been sewn, we can sew the rows together and with seams pressed in opposite directions the rows will sit nicely with each other.  And at this point the blocks are done!  I will be doing another post when we work on the second part of this Quilt Along.  Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

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